From the collective to the individual

The China-based Polit-Sheer-Forum Office (PSFO) art collective is a five-member group mixing an open enjoyment for art and movement with a subtle critique of the world around them. Having been raised during and after China’s Cultural Revolution between 1966 and 1976, these artists have much to say about group mentality and the importance of individuality in…

First Nations’ past meets present in multimedia works

The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery will be the host of Hexsa’a_m: To Be Here Always, a multimedia exhibit that ties together history and the present-day, using art in a way that is not just symbolic but a genuine representation of the vibrant culture and legal issues that exist today. The exhibit will run from…

Revealing the magic that surrounds us

North Vancouver has been the source of inspiration for local painter Margot Brassil for many years. She is also an active member of North Van Arts and features in the 2019 You Are Here calendar. Brassil relocated to British Columbia 14 years ago and has been painting her surroundings ever since. “I grew up in South Africa,”…

Searching for the heart of the scarecrow

Corazón del espantapájaros (Heart of the Scarecrow), an upcoming art project hosted by the Audain Gallery at the SFU Jan. 17–March 9, will feature Canadian Guatemalan artist Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa in his third iteration of a serial project that originated from a 1962 Guatemalan play with the same name. The project will exhibit some of the…

Art in motion

“In the Greek language, the word for transit is metaphora; so to go to work or come home, one literally rides a metaphor.” says Kimberly Phillips. This year, Phillips, curator of the Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG), is continuing this link between metaphor and travel. She has curated a travelling art exhibit, with the support of TransLink,…

A Scandinavian musical state of mind

Hailing from Røros, Norway, SVER seeks to bring fresh perspective and energy to traditional Scandinavian folk music. The quintet brings their bold energetic brand of Norwegian Folk Music to the Rogue Folk Club on Jan. 16. A rich history and sound Nearly every region of the world has its own kind of folk music. Some…

Hansel and Gretel – retold and relaxed

A new version of Hansel and Gretel is just what the world needs at this time, says Ellie King. “There’s rotten stuff going on in the world right now, so our goal is to lighten people’s lives, to bring light through the door,” says King, who is the founder and artistic director of The Royal Canadian Theatre Company,…

Shake Up: An exhibition to mark seismic upgrades at MOA

The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) is at the start of an extensive seismic upgrade project to protect the iconic Great Hall and preserve the invaluable Northwest Coast Collection for generations to come. Shake Up: Preserving What We Value is a brand new exhibition designed to coincide with the upgrades and provide visitors with the chance to learn…

Julian Hou: Life of a resident artist

In the Fall of 2018, local artist Julian Hou started a media arts residency at Western Front to further develop his art practice through exploratory research. Hou’s projects often weave various media pieces together that build multi-layered narratives for audience members to contemplate. “I often work in several mediums simultaneously and gradually something emerges in…

VR meets art

Kiran Bhumber and Nancy Lee will be presenting Telepresence, an interactive virtual reality (VR) experience on Dec.14 and 15 at Western Front. The creators of the project bring together their mutual experience in music and visual and multimedia art in a piece which seeks to subvert the hierarchy of aural and visual artistic elements. “The medium…

Good Tidings! A Christmas gospel special

This December, for the 15th consecutive year, the Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir will light up the holiday season with their annual Good Tidings! A Good Noise Gospel Christmas concert. Joined once again by award-winning jazz singer and B.C. native Maureen Washington, Good Noise will ring in the holiday season with several vibrant, nearly sold out…

Nylez K – pushing the music envelope

This year has been a busy and memorable one for R&B and hip hop artist Nylez K, taking the plunge to pursue music full-time, doing multiple live performances in and out of the city, all while releasing his new hit single Remind Me recently with an EP on the way for next year. Nylez K will be…

Christmas in the forest

Waldweihnacht, literally meaning “forest Christmas” in German, is one of the most popular events the Swiss Society of Vancouver puts on, due to the fact that it’s a family event, says Aio Haberli, vice president of the Swiss Society. “Waldweihnacht attracts a lot of people,” Haberli adds. The event, happening on Dec. 16 on Mount…